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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #75 on: November 04, 2021, 07:49:43 PM »

I should also say its funny in retrospect to see what has happened to Fish Hatchery.  Growing up in the 70s and 80s, once you got south of the apartments just off the Beltline, it was a completely rural road.  And until the early 90s, was routed along what is now "Glacier Valley Road."  Where the road runs now south of McKee Road (CTH PD) was a field where the dairy cows on a friend's farm used to graze.

There were no restaurants south of the Beltline either, except for a Bridgeman's, which was located in the current Park Bank building.

If the recently reconstructed Fish Hatchery Rd replaced pavement from the 1990s, it was constructed extremely bad. Concrete shouldn’t fail that terribly over that amount of time.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #76 on: November 04, 2021, 08:13:11 PM »

I should also say its funny in retrospect to see what has happened to Fish Hatchery.  Growing up in the 70s and 80s, once you got south of the apartments just off the Beltline, it was a completely rural road.  And until the early 90s, was routed along what is now "Glacier Valley Road."  Where the road runs now south of McKee Road (CTH PD) was a field where the dairy cows on a friend's farm used to graze.

There were no restaurants south of the Beltline either, except for a Bridgeman's, which was located in the current Park Bank building.

If the recently reconstructed Fish Hatchery Rd replaced pavement from the 1990s, it was constructed extremely bad. Concrete shouldn’t fail that terribly over that amount of time.

IIRC, the pavement north of the golf course area dated back to at least circa mid-80's.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #77 on: March 16, 2022, 11:32:42 PM »

US 151/Blair Street getting a much needed reconstruction. Traffic will be a mess with a closure but construction is way overdue since all the joints failed and there’s asphalt patching between each slab.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #78 on: March 21, 2022, 10:28:13 AM »

Does anyone know when the Beltline flex-lane will actually be functional? I drove through Madison yesterday and the signs were still covered up.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #79 on: March 21, 2022, 08:34:49 PM »

Does anyone know when the Beltline flex-lane will actually be functional? I drove through Madison yesterday and the signs were still covered up.

It's supposed to go live sometime this summer.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #80 on: March 22, 2022, 08:13:55 AM »

Does anyone know when the Beltline flex-lane will actually be functional? I drove through Madison yesterday and the signs were still covered up.
It's supposed to go live sometime this summer.

So that means I would have to make a special trip out just to see it in action. Unfortunate. :-(
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #81 on: March 23, 2022, 01:56:45 AM »

Does anyone know when the Beltline flex-lane will actually be functional? I drove through Madison yesterday and the signs were still covered up.
It's supposed to go live sometime this summer.

So that means I would have to make a special trip out just to see it in action. Unfortunate. :-(

A chip shortage along with the decision to add an auxiliary lane at Todd Drive is delaying the lanes from becoming active.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #82 on: March 23, 2022, 06:53:47 AM »

Does anyone know when the Beltline flex-lane will actually be functional? I drove through Madison yesterday and the signs were still covered up.
It's supposed to go live sometime this summer.

So that means I would have to make a special trip out just to see it in action. Unfortunate. :-(

A chip shortage along with the decision to add an auxiliary lane at Todd Drive is delaying the lanes from becoming active.
They have an auxiliary lane at Todd Drive.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #83 on: March 23, 2022, 03:11:45 PM »

They have an auxiliary lane at Todd Drive.

They are extending the aux lane that comes on at Verona Road to just past Todd.  It will require expansion of the existing EB bridge over Todd.  Seminole onramp and EB Todd exit are closed all spring.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #84 on: June 27, 2022, 04:15:10 PM »

The EB Beltline aux lane extension is complete and open. So we must be mere days away from activating the flex lane.

Even without the flex lane running, that aux lane is very useful.  It gets added at Verona Rd and becomes the exit only lane for Fish Hatchery Road.  That makes it the most substantial capacity improvement for the middle part of The Beltline in decades.  (At least until that flex lane starts operation.)
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #85 on: June 27, 2022, 06:57:05 PM »

Welcome news, indeed. It'll be interesting to see what the effects on traffic are when fully opened up.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #86 on: June 28, 2022, 11:57:05 AM »

I can see a future pain point for the flex lane EB approaching 39/90 because it ends at the same place where the onramp from Stoughton Road is coming in.  So there will be a spot here where essentially 6 lanes of traffic are pinching down to 3 with the 3 GP lanes and the flex lane on the Beltline plus a two-lane onramp.  That's going to be a source of daily backups until WisDOT endeavors to add an aux lane between Stoughton Road and 39/90.

I must say, the new overhead BGS signage is much more helpful in being true to reality with the "arrow per lane" standard.  EB approaching 39/90, the signage used to make it seem like only the left lane was the exit to go NB on 39/90 an only once one gets to the old SB bridge over 12/18 does one see that the middle lane is either/or.  The new signs make this arrangement abundantly clear well before the gore, which I like.

Last night, on the way back from happy hour, crews were installing new BGS's around Todd Dr and VMS overheads were saying something to the effect of "Flex Lane Testing in Progress".  Makes me think it'll be up and running right after the holiday.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #87 on: June 28, 2022, 03:12:52 PM »

I can see a future pain point for the flex lane EB approaching 39/90 because it ends at the same place where the onramp from Stoughton Road is coming in.  So there will be a spot here where essentially 6 lanes of traffic are pinching down to 3 with the 3 GP lanes and the flex lane on the Beltline plus a two-lane onramp.  That's going to be a source of daily backups until WisDOT endeavors to add an aux lane between Stoughton Road and 39/90.

I must say, the new overhead BGS signage is much more helpful in being true to reality with the "arrow per lane" standard.  EB approaching 39/90, the signage used to make it seem like only the left lane was the exit to go NB on 39/90 an only once one gets to the old SB bridge over 12/18 does one see that the middle lane is either/or.  The new signs make this arrangement abundantly clear well before the gore, which I like.

Last night, on the way back from happy hour, crews were installing new BGS's around Todd Dr and VMS overheads were saying something to the effect of "Flex Lane Testing in Progress".  Makes me think it'll be up and running right after the holiday.

There should be aux lanes between each interchange of the Beltline from University to I-39/90.

It's one of the thing that always gets me about places that have bottleneck spots. I have to deal with one almost daily by me on I-55. Never understood why they didn't make an aux lane between Route 53 and I-355, both directions, when they built the 355 extension.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #88 on: June 28, 2022, 08:13:55 PM »

The beltline doesn't experience the amount of traffic outside W. Broadway to Verona Road as within.
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Re: Madison Area
« Reply #89 on: June 28, 2022, 10:05:53 PM »

I would settle for more ramp meters on on-ramps. For example, when the Verona Road interchange was reconstructed, I am surprised ramp meters weren't placed on its on-ramps.
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